‘Calamity’ by Brandon Sanderson: Third in ‘The Reckoners’ series


Rating: 5 stars

Brandon Sanderson’s “The Reckoners” series, which began with “Steelheart” and continued with “Firefight,” concluded with the recently released final book in the trilogy, “Calamity.” The main character, David Charleston, tells the story in fabulous first person narrative.

Sanderson manages to create a narration that is brilliant — both humorous and exciting at the same time. David has a few issues, the biggest being that after his father was killed by an Epic being, a human imbued with superpowers, he wants to hunt them and kill them.

Slowly, over the course of the three books, he changes his mind and tries, instead of killing the Epics, to get them to face their fears so they lose the evil nature that most Epics have. He also learns that if Epics don’t use their superpowers, they lose their desire to do evil. David’s own girlfriend Megan is an Epic, and she has an alter-ego from another dimension called Firefight.

The first two books are thrilling and filled with nonstop action. Suffice to say that they should be read in order to really enjoy the story and the character development. A quirky and humorous character trait that Sanderson gives David is his gift for horrible similes. And it truly is a gift; no one could execute so many terrible similes without really trying. It’s a testament to Sanderson’s writing that he could create such brilliant and horrible figurative language.

It’s a wild ride, and it’s a ride well worth taking. This book will appeal to lovers of fantasy and fans of Matthew Cody’s “Super,” “Powerless,” and “Villainous.” And fans of this series will be thrilled to know that Brandon Sanderson has a new series coming out (in 2018) called “The Apocalypse Guard.” According to the publicist from the publisher, Delacorte, this new series “is set in a world parallel to that of the Reckoners, and an organization of superpowered individuals is at its center. Their collective objective is to save doomed planets, until the day something goes horribly wrong and it is up to one young member of the guard to fix things before time runs out for her and the planet she calls home.”

Can’t wait.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by Delacorte for review purposes.